A collaboration between filmmaker Jem Cohen and the Washington D.C. band Fugazi, covering the 10 year period of 1987-1996. Far from a traditional documentary, this is a musical document; a ... See full summary »
Punk, New Wave, Reggae and Techno bands from Europe and the US recorded live in several locations in 1980. The biggest names on the bill are the Police and UB 40 but every performance is a ... See full summary »
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As the front man of the Clash from 1977 onwards, Joe Strummer changed people's lives forever. Four years after his death, his influence reaches out around the world, more strongly now than ... See full summary »
This documentary combines recent interviews and old footage to provide a comprehensive view of The Clash, one of the world's most influential rock bands. Footage from old club shows and stadium concerts is intercut with interviews with band members Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon, and Joe Strummer. The Clash began as rebellious punks eager to combine their influences: Simonon leaned towards reggae, and Jones leaned toward harder-edged British rock, while Strummer favored American R&B. Despite various fights and conflicts, The Clash emerged as "the only band that mattered," a punk rock band which ventured beyond punk to create a unique and unforgettable sound. WESTWAY TO THE WORLD documents their beginnings, their rise to stardom, and their collapse. Written by
Whatever a group is it was the chemical mixture of those four people that makes a group work. That's a lesson everyone should learn, "Don't mess with it!" If it works just let it... Do whatever you have to do to bring it forward but don't mess with it. And like, we learned that... bitterly.
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although it somewhat skirts around the truth of the matter, "westway to the world" is a must have for clash fans. it's not nearly as good as other punk rock docs like julien temple's brilliant "the filth and the fury", or jem cohen's "instrument", but worthwhile, nonetheless. my major point of contention is the fact that the movie just kind of wraps with the clash "breaking up" in 1982, when in fact mick jones was kicked out, and the clash went on to release their most horrible album, a "back to basics punk record", in 1985. the early years are well documented, and the stories of life on the road with the sex pistols are great. of course the music is top notch. the dvd also includes a short film called "clash on broadway", which includes a lot of footage also in the feature.
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